Penang Government seeks emergency funds for slope design in Jalan Bukit Lama
Last Update: 26/10/2018
GEORGE TOWN, Oct 26 (Bernama) – The Penang government is seeking RM1 million emergency funds from the Federal Government for a slope design plan at Jalan Bukit Lama near here which was hit by a landslide last Tuesday.
Chairman of the state Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee Zairil Khir Johari said the plan was to identify and study the problem of landslides along the 80-metre Jalan Bukit Lama slope.
“We are asking for emergency funds from the Slope Engineering Branch of the Public Works Headquarters. The design is now in the final process and will be obtained soon,” he told reporters after officiating the “Tastefully Food and Beverage Expo” here today.
Zairil advised the public to use alternative routes to avoid congestion along the affected road where only one lane is currently open to traffic.
“At present, maintenance work is being carried out, so we urge the public to use the alternative route (Jalan Bukit Baru-Jalan Tun Sardon) to avoid any untoward incidents,” he said.
The recent landslide which affected the 80-metre Bukit Lama route from Bayan Lepas to Balik Pulau near here was believed to have been caused by heavy rains for two hours which began at 1 p.m.
However, there were no reported deaths.
This was the second landslide after the one at a construction site of the Bukit Kukus paired road project in Paya Terubong here last Friday which claimed the lives of nine people and injured four others.